JANESVILLE — The search for Joseph A. Jakubowski, the Janesville man suspected in a gun store burglary and who sent a 161-page anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump, continued Sunday.
Jakubowski’s 161-page manifesto, which he mailed to Trump on April 4, includes grievances against government and personal angst toward anyone or anything other than natural law or rule.
Investigators who had been analyzing Jakubowski’s manifesto stated that he also expressed some anti-religious views. Therefore, on Sunday as a precautionary measure, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Janesville Police Department was increasing patrols in the area of churches and places of worship.
There was no specific threat to any particular church or religious group.
However, Sun Prairie police reported a suspicious incident at an area church that could be related to the hunt for Jakubowski. This comes after officials say an unknown man entered Bethlehem Lutheran Church and asked suspicious questions regarding church services on Thursday, April 6.
According to the Sun Prairie Police Department, the man entered the church around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, inquiring about church services and practices. Officials say the line of questioning was very unusual to ask about practices of turning people away from services.
The person who entered the church fits a similar description to Jakobowski. Police described him as a white male in his late 20s to early 30s, brown hair and has a scruffy goatee. He was seen wearing a green baseball hat and dark green jacket. He also had a strong odor of cigarette smoke.
According to police, the man left in a silver sedan with rust around the wheel wells and a missing hubcap on the front driver side tire. The vehicle is possibly a Buick.
As a precautionary measure, all services at Bethlehem Lutheran Church have been ed Sunday.
No disturbances have been reported at any local church. However, law enforcement did receive a suspicious circumstance report near St. Mary’s Church, on East Wall Street in Janesville. A male subject was reported to be placing weapons into the trunk of a vehicle there.
Local law enforcement, supplemented by tactical resources responded and made contact with a resident who lived near there. The resident explained that he was preparing to go target shooting. A tactical team conducted a consent search of his residence in the 400 block of Wall Street and his story was verified.
Based on local research, it appears that the only church to close today was the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie, WI. It was previously reported that a suspicious subject who looked similar to Jakubowski had stopped by the church on Thursday and that was reported as the primary reason for the cancellation of their religious services today. Investigators have not been able to verify if the suspicious person from Thursday was actually Jakubowski.
Meanwhile, a tip received earlier Saturday led law enforcement to conduct a search of a residence at 811 Glen Street, Janesville, utilizing two tactical teams at 6:10 p.m. However, the lead turned out to be unfruitful as Jakubowski was not located.
“The community continues to provide investigators with outstanding assistance and cooperation, contributing to hundreds of tips and leads to follow in this investigation,” a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release stated. “However, local, state and federal law enforcement officers continue to seek information in this investigation. If anyone has any information regarding Jakubowski, please contact either “911” or 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).
The following link contains the video of Jakubowski mailing his manifesto to President Trump: (Post Office Video) https://support.co.rock.wi.us/files.
Meanwhile, All local, state and federal agencies continue to be involved in this search and additional resources have come in from Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota.
Additionally, federal authorities are using their resources to investigate any leads that may be developed outside of this local area. Currently, investigators have followed up on approximately 320 tips and leads and still have approximately50 that need to be resolved.
“The response from the community has been excellent. Media coverage of the incident is outstanding, advertising companies have volunteered their services to further aid in the identification and apprehension of this dangerous individual,” the sheriff’s office stated. “Businesses and individual citizens have gone so far as to deliver food and water to investigators. This level of support is certainly appreciated during this difficult and dangerous search.
“While it is apparent that so many in the community are helping law enforcement keep watch for this subject, we continue to need additional tips and leads to help locate Jakubowski,” deputies said.
A $10,000 reward has been offered by the FBI for information leading to the suspect’s capture and they have established a tip line at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).
Additionally, if anyone directly observes Jakubowski, they should call 911 directly and avoid putting themselves in a dangerous position as he is continued to be regarded as armed and dangerous.
Jakubowski is a white male, 5’10”, 200 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, the Armageddon Gun Shop, at 2144 W. U.S. Highway 14, Janesville, was burglarized. A large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen, and the suspect fled the scene.
At 9:07 p.m. that day, a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane, a short distance away. At that scene was evidence of arson, and it appeared that the burglary and vehicle arson events were connected, deputies said.
The registered owner of the vehicle involved in the fire is Joseph A. Jakubowski, 32, listed as residing in the upstairs apartment at 811 Glen St. in Janesville. He is described as being 5 feet, 10 inches tall with green eyes and brown hair.
Early Thursday morning, authorities received information that Jakubowski had been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues. It further was reported that he had made threats to steal weapons and to use them against public officials or at an unspecified school.
The suspect had written a 161-page manifesto expressing his displeasure with government. It was sent to President Donald Trump.
He has a bulletproof vest and helmet, authorities said.
As a result, the area schools were notified of this information and they went on a “soft lockdown.” The search efforts for Jakubowski were supplemented by several additional agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation; the Secret Service, and all local law enforcement agencies.